World Happiness Index

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We’re number 5! Canada is ranked as the fifth best country in the world to live based on happiness in the 2015 World Happiness Report. Take a look at the link to see the other top countries as well as the worst.

A recent Stats Can study found that within Canada, the happiest people live in Saguenay, QC and the unhappiest people in Canada live in Vancouver, BC. Other than housing prices (if you’re buying or paying off), I don’t understand why Vancouver wouldn’t be much higher on that list. I suppose the rain can get a little depressing as well, but the clean mountain air! The majestic snow covered mountains! Mild, temperate weather all year round!

Take both these studies with a grain of salt. One of the main aspects of the happier places was a sense of connection with other people which I thought was interesting. I think they meant a real physical or in person connection rather than a digital online connection, but I’m not sure. Any strong connection would probably do, but most digital connections are weak. I think they mean connections such as family and friends, colleagues at work, and local organizations.

If you want to improve your chances of being happy in North America, move to Canada! And if you speak the local dialect of French, consider the Saguenay in Quebec!

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